At ESPN Insider, Corey Pronman lists five Ranger prospects that the Rangers could trade for Rick Nash.
He lists Tim Erixon, Chris Kreider, Michael St. Croix, JT Miller and Dylan McIlrath.
On Erixon, who Pronman is a big fan of, he says that Erixon projects to be a shutdown defenseman who can play against the other team’s top players.
On Kreider, Pronman writes that he is looked at as a top six goal scorer with first line potential.
On St. Croix, he quotes a scout as saying, “He’s the player this year I thought he was going to be last year.” St. Croix is a brilliant playmaking forward with great upside and could have the potential to be a top-two line scorer in the NHL.
On JT Miller, Pronman says that he is a versatile player with no noticeable weaknesses.
On McIlrath, he says that after struggling to start the season, McIlrath has “been a bone-crushing defenseman who scares the life out of opposing forwards every shift.”
In the Edmonton Journal,via Buzzing the Net, Evan Daum writes about the Edmonton Oil Kings and their star player, and Rangers fourth round pick, Michael St. Croix.
Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdel says that St. Croix is developing as a player on both ends of the ice, especially on defense, and is the engine that makes the Oill Kings go:
“He’s a player that loves the sport, he loves to have the puck, and he loves to be the centre-piece of your team. He’s exactly that for us – when Mike goes, we go.”
Maybe they found a steal with him. He is putting up nice numbers, as a lot of players in the CHL do in their third year, but the Rangers have dne pretty nice for themselves in the middle rounds lately with Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin, Dale Weise, Tomas Kundratek and Ryan Bourque.
The Rangers love their hockey sense and St. Croix seems to fit into that mold. He has some skills and is putting up big numbers in his third year in Edmonton and should eclipse the 75 points he scored last season very soon. Maybe he makes a run at Team Canada next year for the World Juniors. If anything he adds nice depth to the prospect pool and gives them another piece to either trade or try to build around.